Welcome to Utah Artists School of Ballet

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Home of the Utah Children’s Nutcracker Ballet

Welcome to the Utah Artists School of Ballet , the official school of the Utah Artists Junior Ballet Company.  Our excellent curriculum, taught by the eminent faculty emphasize  the highest  quality of  traditional classical ballet training, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary classes.  Our philosophy is to teach children to love dance while developing  correct ballet technique,  jazz dance technique and tap technique  with proper body alignment and body placement.

Our students have the opportunity to perform twice a year in a classical ballet.  We perform the Utah Children’s Nutcracker Ballet choreographed by Barbara Nesi Olsen, in December and a story ballet in the spring.  Our Utah Nutcracker is the only Nutcracker to have children as young as 3 years old performing. Our dancers have the opportunity to be soloists in our ballet company.  Our students do not audition for the Nutcracker.  Each class has designated parts.

Our Spring ballets have included: The ballet Coppelia (choreography by Barbara Nesi Olsen) The Sleeping Beauty Ballet, The Cinderella Ballet and Paquita from the original choreography by Marius Petitpa.  Learning the original choreography from Marius Petitpa, a famous   choreographer in ballet history, helps prepare our students to audition for companies all over the world.  We have also performed: The Beauty & The Beast Ballet, Alice In Wonderland  and  Snow White Ballets.

Our ballet classes are divided into graded ballet levels which follow a structured sequence of training that will increase their technical skills and discipline in regards to their age and physical development.  Students must audition  for placement.

Our jazz program is outstanding. Students that wish to compete in Dance competitions will be excited to know we take first place. The jazz students will also learn other popular dance styles including lyrical and contemporary.

Our pre-ballet and tap classes for children 3 years to 8 years offer a fun environment.  Music is instrumental in teaching  them to dance. In pre-ballet students dance with wands, umbrellas, tambourines, canes and wear tiaras.  They began learning correct ballet  terms in French. Their classes are a  foundation to prepare them for our ballet classes.  We use graded levels of tap technique which include a tap barre and center choreography.

Whether your dancer is planning on pursuing a professional career or is just looking  to experience the joy and magic of performing on stage The Utah Artists School of Ballet is for you.

The Utah Artists  School of Ballet  is 31 years old.  Our students have received full scholarships  and degrees in ballet  & dance from the University of Utah, University of Las Vegas and B. Y. U.  Abigail Ririe has a master’s degree in Modern dance from the University of Utah. Utah Artists School of Ballet has trained students that have become professional dancers and teachers.

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Barbara Olsen

Owner Director Utah Artists School of Ballet

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Utah Artists School of Ballet

(801) 755-1371  /  (801) 571-4788